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Thanksgiving Traditions for Your Family

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Thanksgiving, traditions

Hello friend! 

Are you looking forward to the holidays? Or do they make you feel stressed? 

I happen to live in a town where Christmas decorations go up before Halloween. Somehow, Thanksgiving is completely overlooked.

Sad because Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

In honor of Thanksgiving, here are some fun traditions for your family.

  • The Blessing Basket – In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, ask your family to write their blessings down on a piece of paper and collect them in a basket.  Click the link to learn more.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”  ~Thornton Wilder

Thanksgiving, traditions

  • Gather together with family and friends.
  • Share the Legend of the Five Kernels
  • Have guests at your Thanksgiving celebration sign and date your tablecloth. Use the same tablecloth year after year inviting guests to sign it each year.
  • Use traditional family recipes for your Thanksgiving meal. Our family looks forward to Sonia’s Hot Rolls, Sweet Potato Casserole and more each year.

Thanksgiving, traditions

“He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart.” ~J.A. Shedd

  • After the glorious meal, watch a movie related to Thanksgiving: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; or Miracle on 34th Street.
  • Share Communion: What Christ has done for us through his life, death, and resurrection is the ultimate reason for thanksgiving. Celebrate and remember what he has done by sharing communion together. Have family members pass a loaf of bread and a cup of grape juice or wine around the table. Serve communion to each other saying, “the body of Christ broken for you” as bread is taken from the loaf; and “the blood of Christ shed for you” as bread is dipped in the cup.

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28 (NIV)

  • Decide as a family to make a donation to charity as a demonstration of your gratitude. Go to Charity Navigator to search for an organization to support. Check out Make-A-Wish to help a child with a life-threatening medical condition realize their one true wish.

“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”  ~Theodore Roosevelt

Thanksgiving, traditions

As your Thanksgiving winds down, I hope there are many moments to cherish from the day.  

What’s your family’s favorite tradition?





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